As with any CW series, there’s a fictional relationship that drives fans crazy whether it’s canon or not. Yet, like every other CW series, Supergirl is choosing to ignore the fans completely, which is good in some cases, but not this one.
The Supergirl writers have an interesting opportunity in front of them. Fans of the show have come together in strong support of Kara and Lena, or “SuperCorp,” and their friendship (and whatever may lay beyond that romantically). It’s really reminiscent of Clarke and Lexa, or “Clexa,” from The 100 and the support those two received, which was completely mishandled by the writers of that series. Don’t screw this up, Supergirl.
The Opportunity with Kara’s Sexuality
First of all, I should say that while I’m not necessarily a fan of Lena and Kara being paired as anything more than friends (and don’t get me started on Mon-El and his trash behavior), I am all for representation on television and this is such a unique opportunity for it. Kara’s sexuality may appear to be canonically heterosexual since it’s never really been addressed, but that’s more of a reason to explore it.
Kara is an alien from another planet, which means that she doesn’t have the same, for lack of a better word, guidelines, or pre-conceived notions about something as crucial as sexuality. She didn’t grow up on Earth hearing about hate crimes or what would happen to a child if they came out and their parents didn’t accept them, as Maggie Sawyer’s didn’t. We don’t know what sexuality was like on Krypton, and the writers could explore that by having Kara paired with a man and a woman to showcase the fluidity of sexuality on Krypton.
For kids growing up watching Supergirl, it could either help them embrace themselves when the time comes, or it could show them that, if ‘this awesome superhero Supergirl is allowed to kiss girls and boys’ then it isn’t wrong and they should be just as accepting as everyone is of Kara and Alex. For teenagers and adults, it could help some accept their sexuality and give them a beacon of hope (as so many shows have done), or it could give them someone to look up to in every sense of the phrase. I mean, how many LGBT+ superheroes are there, much less on television?
Some would say the biggest argument against Kara’s sexuality being anything but heterosexual would be Alex’s sexuality being a key factor of her character. “If there’s already one woman being with other women, why should another?” All I would say to that is, “If there’s already one heterosexual relationship on the show, why show another?” Jokes aside, Kara’s sexuality wouldn’t impact the show (much) because it’s not like much of the focus is on relationships. Usually relationships will have one episode where it’s really showcased and then it’s just little moments throughout other episodes. It wouldn’t take away from the importance of Supergirl or Kara’s career.
Just as fans are thirsty for Lena and Kara content in every episode, writers are just as thirsty trying to keep their viewers around to be renewed. Even if Kara weren’t to end up with Lena at all, Kara’s sexuality being explored would bring in fans who are trying to find themselves in a superhero, and it would bring in others who want to appreciate a LGBT hero or representation in general.
The popularity of SuperCorp is undeniable as the New York Times just listed the fictional couple as one of the top ‘ships talked about on Tumblr. Check out that article here.
So, by developing this part of Kara, both sides would be happy and Supergirl may stick around for quite a bit longer.
What do you think? Should Kara’s sexuality be addressed? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!